Alcohol and The Efects of a Shrinking brain

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/26/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   

 The more alcohol you drink, the more your brain shrinks, a new study has found.

Brain volume decreases naturally as people age, at a rate of about 1.9 percent per decade. At the same time, the brain acquires white matter lesions as it gets older. Both of these changes also accompany dementia and cognitive decline, according to background information in the study.

 

 

Moderate levels of alcohol consumption have been linked with improved cognitive function and a decreased risk in Alzheimers's

Alcohol had no protective affect on the normal, age-related shrinkage in brain volume, the researchers found.

To the contrary, the more a person drank, the more their brain volume diminished. This relationship was somewhat more pronounced in women, although women tended to be lighter drinkers.

The gender difference could be explained by biological factors, namely that alcohol is absorbed faster in women and they tend to feel the effects of alcohol more than men

 MY mother drank all her life and was not drinking about 6 8 mths prior to passing

I find this very interesting and scary as well

I am a sober alcoholic since 1979 and there is also some evidence that women that have parent(s) will or actually could possibly get AD........

 

 I was seriously starating to think I was developing AD or a dementia when I was forgetting short term and having probs with short term memory......... 

 

 My GMA also had Alzheimers on Mom's side........

 

 Dad was my step dad so that will not effect me biologically but still it is pretty darm scary.......

Was actually relieved to know the memory was part of my fibro to be honest

 

 

 Take care all and God Bless.......LYN

 


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 10/26/2008 2:44:59 PM (GMT-6)


tyno3
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   Posted 10/27/2008 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Lyn: I drank moderately during the week and heavily on weekends in college. I think that was the norm, certainly back then. I completely quit in 1991 or thereabouts. Went into treatment, the full meal deal. Even tried to help a couple of other ladies along the way. I'm not worried about alzheimers from that experience, I'm not even worried about it from a genetic Paternal Grandmother, now Dad, me looking after him. What I'm worried about is being locked up, isolated, away from people, with him, alone 24/7/ 365. If any factor s affecting my memory, it's surely being so isolated with a being I neither recognise nor understand, it's like those fuzzy little waves of confusion, are in the air.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/27/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I also quit drinking and I was a heavy boozer my friend
I quit in 79

I am sure it is so hard for you to be in with him 24/7
Have you looked into someone coming in for a couple of hours
The Community Access covers it
IF doc orders it ..........

You need to talk
Email me k
I am here and I do understand
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